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Driving through traffic at home is already stressful enough. Now imagine driving a car in a completely foreign country. Mirela, moving from Germany to India, Jake moving from the USA to Japan and South Korean Hye-Won living in Germany are facing the same problem: they are all forced to obtain a new local driver’s license. Driving lessons soon become lessons in life when our protagonists discover that getting through the day will involve much more than just obeying the rules of the road in their host country.

German born, US-based documentary filmmaker Andrea Thiele was inspired by her own interest and experiences with driving tests in foreign countries. Together with writer Lia Jaspers, they created a sly documentary comedy, which premiered internationally at SXSW, about the joys of cultural acceptance and difference, as seen through the eyes of three warm, memorable individuals.

Andrea Thiele was born in 1976 in Munich and graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Mass Communication. She then studied at the University of Television and Film in Munich, where she majored in Documentary Filmmaking. Her films include: PARADISE ISLAND (2005), WANTED – WHO MURDERED DEREK? (2008), PRIVATE EYES (2010), WHEN THE EARTH IS SHAKING (2010), and AND WHO TAUGHT YOU TO DRIVE? (2012).
Genre Comedy, Culture, Family Entertainment
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2012
Director Andrea Thiele
Screenplay Lia Jaspers
Cinematography Sebastian Bäumler
Cast Hye-Won Chung, Christian Krieger, Jacob Cates, Ryoji Tetsuya, Mirela Samardzija, Shyamdev G. Tadmali, Vinay R. Modak
Producer Stefan Kloos
Production Company Kloos & Co. Medien/Berlin, in co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunk, in association with ARTE
Length 84 min
Format DCP, HDCAM, Blu-ray, color, 1.1:77, 16:9
Original Version
 English, Japanese, Hindi, German, Korean
Subtitled Versions English, German
Festivals DOK Leipzig 2012, SXSW 2013, Planete Doc Warsaw 2013, Moscow 2013, Message to Man St. Petersburg 2013, Listapad Film Festival Minsk 2013
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, MEDIA
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